Holosmith - Power DPS No Kit

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The community gave this build a rating, making it top-tier: Great.

Focused on: Direct Damage.

Designed for:



A power DPS build for Holosmith. This build has a very simple rotation consisting of autoattacking and spamming toolbelt skills to proc Static Discharge.png Static Discharge. Like its rifle-and-kits counterpart Holosmith - Power DPS, it has good damage, CC, and Vulnerability Vulnerability application. This makes it a good build for beginning fractal or raid players.
While this build deals good damage on its own, it excels when there are lots of conditions on the boss for Modified Ammunition.png Modified Ammunition. A dedicated healer in the party will also help maintain this build's
bonus after it deals damage to itself with 24px Photonic Blasting Module.
As this build deals around 10% less damage than Holosmith - Power DPS, dedicated fractal or raid players will want to eventually graduate to the rifle build. However this build generates a fair amount of personal Quickness Quickness, which can be worth it in encounters that force you to move out of your Chronomancer's boon sharing range.



Weapon Variants

  • You can run Shield instead of pistol for more CC.

Skill Variants

Healing Skills
  • A.E.D..png A.E.D. provides a massive amount of healing if you can predict damage spikes (e.g. specific mechanics in raids). It also provides CC with Static Shock.png Static Shock.
Utility Skills
Swapping out your utility skills is a large DPS loss and should only be considered as a last ditch option.
  • Hard Light Arena.png Hard Light Arena can be useful in uncoordinated groups for the protection and pull.
  • Spectrum Shield.png Spectrum Shield if you don't trust your healer to keep you alive or stunbreak you in high pressure fights.



Static Discharge.png Static Discharge

Takedown Round.png Takedown Round

Kinetic Battery.png Kinetic Battery


High Caliber.png High Caliber

No Scope.png No Scope

Modified Ammunition.png Modified Ammunition


Solar Focusing Lens.png Solar Focusing Lens

Crystal Configuration- Eclipse.png Crystal Configuration- Eclipse

24px Photonic Blasting Module


Ascended Head (Medium).png
Berserker stat icon.png
Ascended Shoulders (Medium).png
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Ascended Chest (Medium).png
Berserker stat icon.png
Ascended Hands (Medium).png
Berserker stat icon.png
Ascended Legs (Medium).png
Berserker stat icon.png
Ascended Feet (Medium).png
Berserker stat icon.png
Ascended Back.png
Berserker stat icon.png
Ascended Accessory1.png
Berserker stat icon.png
Ascended Accessory2.png
Berserker stat icon.png
Ascended Amulet.png
Berserker stat icon.png
Ascended Ring1.png
Berserker stat icon.png
Ascended Ring2.png
Berserker stat icon.png
Ascended Sword.png
Berserker stat icon.png
Ascended Pistol.png
Berserker stat icon.png
Superior Sigil of Force.png
Superior Sigil of Impact.png
Superior Rune of the Scholar.png6x
Superior Rune of the Scholar


  • and Major Sigil of the Night when applicable.
  • Slaying sigils when applicable.




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  • Slaying potions when applicable.


The logic behind this rotation is to maximize your Photon Forge and 24px Laser's Edge uptime. First you build heat in Photon Forge with Corona Burst.png Corona Burst, Photon Blitz.png Photon Blitz, and autoattack chains. After you overheat, you use your highest damage skills together with Solar Focusing Lens.png Solar Focusing Lens, then fill with sword skills. Rinse and repeat when Photon Forge is available again.

DPS Rotation

  1. Engage Photon Forge.png Engage Photon Forge
  2. Corona Burst Corona Burst
  3. Photon Blitz Photon Blitz
  4. Light Strike Light Strike Bright Slash Bright Slash Flash Cutter Flash Cutter x5
  5. Corona Burst Corona Burst
  6. Photon Blitz Photon Blitz
  7. Overheat.png Overheat
  8. Laser Disk.png Laser Disk
  9. Prime Light Beam.png Prime Light Beam
  10. Prioritize Blowtorch.png Blowtorch 24px Refraction Cutter autoattack chain until Photon Forge is ready
  11. Repeat


  • Never interrupt your autoattack chain.
  • Surprise Shot.png Surprise Shot and 24px Particle Accelerator are instant cast. Chain them together and constantly use them off cooldown while you're doing your rotation.
  • 24px Blade Burst should be used off cooldown, as long as you're above 51 heat. Try to stand inside the boss' hitbox when you cast this, to ensure all projectiles hit the boss.
  • You can precast Incendiary Ammo.png Incendiary Ammo (the Flamethrower.png Flamethrower tool belt skill) for higher damage as the fight begins.
  • If Quickness Quickness uptime is low you can use 24px Radiant Arc.
Build rating - 5 stars
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7 Ratings
5 stars
Teletric gave this build 5 stars April 2019

Although the Rifle Build is superior DPS-wise, I believe this is the best build for Holosmith for Power DPS. The forgiving rotation and ease of use makes up for the slight loss in DPS. I wouldn't say that either build is better than the other because in the end, they both have their own strengths and weaknesses.

3 stars
Chinkeeyong gave this build 3 stars September 2018

This build deals decent DPS but pretty much just a worse version of the main build. I would only recommend this build to extremely new players as a jumping-off point into dungeons and fractals -- eventually you will want to learn the rifle build, which has significantly better burst damage and utility.

5 stars
Zombeez gave this build 5 stars August 2018


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5 stars
Lochmette gave this build 5 stars July 2018

I tried this build and it worked great for me (the eternal noob). Nice damage. Forgiving. Able to predictably contribute DPS, some crowd control and intelligently interdict at some critical moments when my team was struggling. Still in the memorization and "What the heck is a <thingie>" stage so things should get even better. It was fun and inspires me to study and research.

5 stars
Lople205 gave this build 5 stars June 2018

A build that won't get you laughed out of raid squads or fractals, and one that is genuinely enjoyable. This build serves as a useful stepping stone for those who want to get into engineer but are intimidated by the memorization that is required.

5 stars
Ivanyeil Emmixert gave this build 5 stars April 2018

A second great alternative not only as a power variant, but as an easier build to get their hand's wet into playing Engineer, still recommended to play the Rifle Version if one looks for improvements, but this build is a great way to start, or have less stress in your rotations.

5 stars
Joxer gave this build 5 stars February 2018

A very viable build option for those that struggle with the Rifle/Kits build. Dps is on par and it still has utility so its not a selfish dps build either. Rifle still does a bit better burst and cc but this build can hold its on and just might surpass the now Power Holo meta!!

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